Guidelines for Maintaining an Accommodation Animal on Campus

 

Introduction

The following guidelines apply to all approved disability-related accommodation animals and their residents who live in the residential community, unless the nature of the disability of the resident precludes adherence to these guidelines, and permission for a variance from the guidelines has been granted.

Animal Behavior

1. An Exception to the Residential Pet Policy is granted for accommodation animals provided that their behavior, noise, odor and waste do not exceed reasonable standards and that these factors do not create unreasonable disruptions for residents and F&M staff.

2. Dangerous, poisonous, and/or illegal animals are not permitted.

3. The approved accommodation animal must be contained within the private residential area (room, suite or apartment) at all times, except when transported outside the private residential area in an animal carrier or controlled by leash or harness (if a leash interferes with a service dog’s ability to perform essential tasks, a request for an exception to the leash requirement should be requested in advance).  The approved accommodation animal must be under control by its handler at all times.

Animal Health and Well-Being

1. Accommodation animals must have all veterinarian-recommended vaccinations to maintain the animal’s health and prevent contagious diseases. Documentation of vaccinations is due at time Request for Exception is granted. The College reserves the right to make reasonable requests for updated vaccination verification during the animal’s residency.

2. All accommodation animals, if taken outside the home, must wear identification tags with home address and, if applicable, vaccination information.

Animal Cleanliness

Residents are responsible for properly containing and disposing of all animal waste, including but not limited to:

1. Indoor animal waste, such as cat litter, must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag and tied securely before being disposed of in outside trash dumpsters. Litter boxes should be placed on mats so that feces and urine are not tracked onto carpeted surfaces.

2. Outdoor service animal waste, such as dog feces, must be immediately retrieved by resident, placed in a plastic bag and securely tied before being disposed of in outside trash dumpsters.

3. With respect to common areas, Disability Services reserves the right to designate specific sites indoors/outdoors for animal elimination of waste and to prohibit (even if there is immediate clean up afterwards) animal waste in any other common area.

Resident Responsibilities

1. The resident must register their accommodation animal with Disability Services through completing and signing the Animal Registration Form and providing all necessary documentation.

2. The resident is responsible for assuring that the accommodation animal does not interfere with the routine activities of the residents or cause unreasonable difficulties for students and/or other residents who reside there. Residential community living requires respect for the needs of residents with allergies and those who may fear animals.

3. The resident is financially responsible for all consequences caused by the actions of the accommodation animal, including bodily injury or property damage which may necessitate replacement or repair of damaged furniture, carpet, drapes, or wall covering, etc. If an accommodation animal causes substantial physical damage to the property of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by reasonable accommodation, the animal may be excluded from living in the residence.

4. The College shall have the right to bill the account of the resident for unmet obligations arising for damage caused by an accommodation animal.

5. The resident's place of residence may be inspected for fleas, ticks or other pests once per semester or as needed. The Facilities and Operations (F&O) department will schedule the inspection. If fleas, ticks or other pests are detected through inspection, the residence will be treated using approved fumigation methods by a university-approved pest control service.

6. The resident must notify Disability Services in writing if the accommodation animal is no longer needed as an accommodation or is no longer in residence.

7. Even if the resident previously obtained permission for an accommodation animal, the resident must file a new Request for Exception if s/he wishes to bring in a new/different accommodation animal in substitution of the previous accommodation animal.

8. Disability Services has the ability to relocate resident and accommodation animal as necessary provided the new site is consistent with the terms of the current contractual agreement.

9.All roommates or suitemates of the resident, if applicable, will receive notice that the accommodation animal will be in residence with them. In the event that one or more roommates or suitemates do not approve, either the resident and accommodation animal or the non-approving roommates or suitemates, as determined by the House Dean, may be moved to a more suitable location.

10. Resident agrees to continue to abide by all other residential policies. An exception to a policy that otherwise prohibits having an animal does not constitute an exception to any other policy.

11. Any violation of the above rules will be reviewed through the F&M Judicial Process and the student will be afforded all rights of due process and appeal as outlined in that process.

By my signature below, I verify that I have read, understand and will abide by the Guidelines outlined here and I agree to provide the additional information required to complete my Request for an Exception to the Pet Policy.




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Resident Signature                                                                       Date 



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